Zach MinersU.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Zach Miners covers social networking, search, and general technology news for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

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Kim Dotcom's Mega to launch anti-spying call and chat service 'soon'

The new service, apparently named MegaChat, will be browser-based.

Are you ignored on Twitter? Updated iOS app is brutally honest

Users can now access analytics for their tweets in the app.

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Silly startups: Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels ... the dumb ones

Genetic-based dating, illegal parking, awkward wake-up calls and more!

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Staples says hack may have compromised 1 million-plus payment cards

The attack hit stores in 35 states from California to Connecticut

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Judge questions evidence on whether NSA spying is too broad

A federal lawsuit charges that the government's Internet surveillance is unconstitutional

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Uber temporarily suspends service in Portland

The move comes following a lawsuit from the city against Uber

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Messaging app Line buys Microsoft's MixRadio music-streaming app

Microsoft says that Line gives MixRadio 'an excellent platform for expansion'

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Sony cancels 'The Interview' release as terrorist threats follow crippling cyberattacks

The studio said it was the victim of an 'unprecedented criminal assault.' It's rattled theater chains enough for them to block the opening of the comedy film.

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Uber envisions a safer ride in 2015

The company is looking at using new driver screening methods, which may include polygraph tests

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Google's work on full encryption chugs along, with Yahoo's help

Code has been migrated to GitHub to foster involvement from the wider tech community

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Instagram exposes 5 new filters for a more subtle effect

The updated app lets users pretty up their photos without going overboard

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Carpooling, a European ride-share service, rolls in to America

The app lets people request rides for trips longer than your typical Uber or Lyft.

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Facebook cold on 'dislike' button, but mulling other ideas

An international rollout of Graph Search is in the offing too, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said at Facebook's second public town-hall meeting.

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How your in-store shopping affects the ads you see on Facebook

Tracking offline sales will play a big role in Facebook's advertising moving forward.

Uber slapped with unlawful business lawsuits by San Francisco and LA

Lawsuit follows September warning and is latest legal hurdle for the company.